He Forgot to Say Goodbye

He Forgot to Say Goodbye

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A heartfelt novel from the award-winning author of Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

On the surface, Ramiro Lopez and Jake Upthegrove couldn't live more different lives. Ram is Mexican-American, lives in the poor section of town and is doing his best to keep his mother sane while his brother fights off a drug-induced coma. Jake is a WASP who drives a nice car, lives in a mansion and has a mother who drinks a bit too much and a step-father who cheats on her. But there is one point, one issue, where their lives are exactly the same; their fathers walked out on them when they were just young boys. And at this convergence, Ram and Jake see how everything in their lives is just a little bit similar, because they both blame everything that goes wrong on the one thing they actually have in common.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Paperback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 210 x 23mm | 293g
  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • f-c cvr
  • 1416994343
  • 9781416994343
  • 80,241

Review quote

"He Forgot to Say Goodbye is a story about what it is to become a man...I have, in fact, now spent a lot of quality time with Ramiro and Jake and can say that this one is right up there with my all-time favorite YAs." - Richie Partington, Richie's Picks "Saenz's skill with language is such that it makes me as a reader slow down to savor the sentences...Many readers will see themselves in these two young men who manage to confront the demons in their lives and survive." - Teri Lesesne, professor, Sam Houston State University "He Forgot to Say Goodbye is a beautiful, powerfully moving story with three absolutely unforgettable teen characters. Saenz has done a remarkable job of creating two memorably idiosyncratic voices that just - well - detroyed me! Effen brilliant!" - Michael Cart, former president of YALSA and ALAN
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About Benjamin Alire Saenz

Benjamin Alire Saenz is an author of poetry and prose for adults and teens. He is the winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award and the American Book Award for his books for adults. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe was a Printz Honor Book, the Stonewall Award winner, the Pura Belpre Award winner, the Lambda Literary Award winner, and a finalist for the Amelia Elizabeth Walden Award. His first novel for teens, Sammy and Juliana in Hollywood, was an ALA Top Ten Book for Young Adults and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. His second book for teens, He Forgot to Say Goodbye, won the Tomas Rivera Mexican American Children's Book Award, the Southwest Book Award, and was named a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age. He teaches creative writing at the University of Texas, El Paso.
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Rating details

1,338 ratings
3.93 out of 5 stars
5 31% (416)
4 40% (533)
3 22% (293)
2 5% (72)
1 2% (24)

Our customer reviews

This a novel about two young men. They seem to be opposites in many ways, yet they have in common the fact that they have never known their fathers. Jake has had a very privileged upbringing. He really couldn't ask for more. Well, except for a father. His mom is remarried and her job is to make sure that she knows everything that's going on with Jake. It's to the point where it drives him crazy and they are constantly battling each other. Ramiro has been poor all of his life. His mom has had to work hard as a single mother. He works, too, to help support their family. His little brother, Tito, is falling into a dangerous lifestyle. It's up to Ramiro to save him. Though the boys have completely different lives, their paths do cross. Can they get past their differences to find a common ground so they can help each other? This novel revolves around the impact that an absent father can have on the life of a teenage boy.show more
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